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I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. EPHESIANS 1:16-17

God’s voice always comes to us in some context. Are we in turmoil or anxiety when we listen for Him? Do we perceive Him as a demanding or hard Master? What does He want from us when He speaks? Is He on our side? Perceptions about God, dreams and desires for our own lives, thoughts about our current circumstances, and many more ideas condition the environment in which we hear. And that environment colors the lenses through which we see God and clutters the filters through which we hear Him.

But Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1 aims at breaking through the clutter of our thought life and giving us a clear picture of God. Some translations say “a spirit of wisdom and revelation,” emphasizing the divine help we need in order to know God. We have to grasp who He is  —the goodness of His heart toward us, His desire to lavish His gifts on us, the mission He holds close to Him at all times, and more. And though we can mentally understand His nature by reading His Word, that understanding doesn’t really sink in unless His Spirit comes with the key that unlocks our hearts. Truth has to be imparted to us. Knowing who God is can happen only when He unveils Himself to us. We need a revelation.

So Paul prays for wisdom and insight  —a spirit of revelation  —and we should too. Constantly. If we don’t have a revelation of His true nature, we may interpret all the information we get about Him through the wrong filter. We’ll know something of God, but we won’t know Him. But if He removes the veil from our hearts, we will see with spiritual vision. And His voice can flourish in that environment.

Lord, open my eyes to see You  —to really know in the depths of my soul who You are. May Your voice come to me from the purity of that place: uncorrupted, unbiased, and straight from Your heart to mine.

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